Cost of Kids?

I have seen repeatedly the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but
this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way.

The government recently (1999 ! ) calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to
18 and came up with $160,140! That doesn't even touch college tuition.

For those with kids, that figure leads to wild fantasies about all the money
we could have banked if not for (insert your child's name here).

For others, that number might confirm the decision to remain childless.

But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66
a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.44 a day!
Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if
you want to be "rich". It is just the opposite.

What do your get for your $160,140? It's a real value!!

Naming rights. First, middle, and last!

Glimpses of God every day.

Giggles under the covers every night.

More love than your heart can hold.

Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.

Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

A hand to hold, usually covered with jam. A partner for blowing
bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the
sidewalk in the pouring rain.

Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said
or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to finger-paint,
carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never
stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to keep: reading the Adventures of Piglet and
Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars.

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator
magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand
prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for
Father's Day.

For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck.

You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling the
wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a
baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream

You get a front row seat to history; to witness the first step, first word,
first bra, first date, and first time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal.

You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're
lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren.

You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice,
communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God.

You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters
under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them
forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love
without counting the cost.

ENJOY YOUR KIDS (and grandkids) !!!!!!
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